Classic Spam: Pardon, your directory is showing

In a way, I'll be happy when interest rates start going up again, if only because it might put a crimp in the style of the now-ubiquitous mortgage spammers. On the other hand, possibly not even Alan Greenspan can stem the tide of a good spam racket.

The sender of this mortgage spam was so excited about the money that was going to roll in that he neglected to secure his server properly. Before the site was shut down, you could scroll to the bottom of this lengthy message and click on the highlighted links to see some of the more interesting bits, including two remove-address lists and his removal-form HTML pages (I'm not sure why the "index.htm" file did not automatically load in the case of the second link). From the way the page is coded, he seems to have been unable to decide exactly where to point his removal link; he's actually got two links (in green and red), either of which you could reach if you are careful with the mouse.

If you had gone to http://mortgageapproved.org/ (without the directories), you would have found an abandoned ad for a golf training product. I guess that shows just how much the folks at mortgageapproved.org were committed to the mortgage business.

From: mortgage-approved <mortgage-approved@hem.fyristorg.com>
Subject: IS YOUR MORTGAGE 5.65? WE CAN HELP
Date: Sat Aug 24 08:44:44 2002 -0400
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<center><b><font face="arial"><font color="#3333FF"><font size=+2>Real
Discount Mortgages !</font></font></font></b>
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<a href="http://mortgageapproved.org/mort0/"><strong><font color="#FF0000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">CLICK
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<center><b><font face="arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>If you
have been thinking about a new mortgage to get&nbsp;</font></font></font></b></center>

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<b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099"><font size=-1>Lower Payments</font></font></font></b></li>

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<b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099"><font size=-1>Home Improvements</font></font></font></b></li>

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<b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099"><font size=-1>Money to Pay
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<b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099"><font size=-1>College Tuition
Bills</font></font></font></b></li>

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<b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099"><font size=-1>Investments</font></font></font></b></li>

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<b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099"><font size=-1>New Cars or a
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<br><b><font face="arial"><font color="#3333FF">Now is your chance to get
a real, discount mortgage !</font></font></b>
<p><b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099">The recent Federal Reserve
interest rate drop to&nbsp;</font></font></b>
<p><b><font face="arial"><font color="#CC0000"><font size=+2>1.75 %</font></font></font></b>
<p><b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099">means that you can now get
a new home mortgage</font></font></b>
<br><b><font face="arial"><font color="#000099">at the <u>lowest rates
in over 40 years</u>.</font></font></b>
<p><b><font face="arial"><font color="#3333FF">Your parents &amp; grandparents
paid these rates in the 1960s</font></font></b></center>
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<b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><font color="#3333FF"><a href="http://mortgageapproved.org/mort0/"><font color="#FF0000">To
receive a complete and confidential&nbsp;</font></a></font></font></b>
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<b><font face="Arial,Helvetica"><a href="http://mortgageapproved.org/mort0/">mortgage
proposal sent directly to you</a></font></b> <br>
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click here</a></font></b> </font><br>
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